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Famous boxer killed in work-related accident


A recent tragedy that struck along the waterfront of Camden serves as a powerful reminder that even the most physically fit and active employees can easily fall victim to a fatal construction accident.

A former boxer who was working in a construction zone in Camden died after a metal object from the construction site fell on him. The man was 60 years old and had been working in construction for over 35 years. He was a member of a regional carpenters' union.

The man was described in recent years as someone who was nice and deeply religious. However, his nickname in the ring, "Hand Grenade," harkens more back to the man's days in the military when he started boxing. He started boxing professionally in 1981 and received a heavyweight title in 1984. He held the title for about one year and eventually retired in the mid 1990s. He is a member of a boxing hall of fame of a state that borders New Jersey.

With respect to the accident the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, has started to investigate the cause of the accident. As many New Jersey residents already know, OSHA is responsible for making sure employers keep their workplaces safe and can levy fines or other penalties when employers fail in this responsibility.

While it is not clear whether the former champion had family, workers' compensation benefits may be available to those who relied on him for financial support. New Jersey's workers' compensation system offers compensation for things like funeral expenses and lost income. Depending on the results of the investigation in to this accident, additional compensation may also be available through a third-party liability action.

Source: Courier Post, "Former boxing champ killed in construction accident in Camden," Sept. 19, 2017

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